DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2019 – 088
21 October 2019
ATTENTION: All Parish Priests, Parochial Vicars, Rectors of Shrines, Parish Administrators, Coordinators of CLPR
SUBJECT: MASSES FOR ALL SOULS DAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019
Dear Fathers, Monsignori, Brothers and Sisters:
The second day of November is observed as the commemoration of all the faithful departed, or “All Souls Day”.
The Church offers us, not just this day, but practically the whole month, to offer prayers and sacrifices for the eternal repose of our departed brethren.
According to the liturgical Table of Precedence, All Souls Day, being a commemoration, is of a lower rank than that of Sundays.
Since the commemoration this year 2019 falls on a Saturday, the DCLPR offers the following options:
- The parish/religious community celebrates the liturgy (both Mass and Office) of November 2 in the morning. But the evening Mass and Office uses the proper of the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time.
- For pastoral reasons, especially in communities with cemeteries, mortuaries or columbaria within their jurisdiction, the parish/religious community celebrates the liturgy (both Mass and Office) of November 2 throughout the day, even in the evening, (anticipated Mass).
Those who attend the evening Mass fulfill their Sunday obligation.
Attached are some Pastoral Recommendations for the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed as well as various Prayer formularies which may be used after the Post Communion Prayer for the whole month of November.
A Prayer when visiting the cemetery is also included in the attachment. This may be distributed to the lay faithful for their use.
May these guidelines help our Christian communities to prayerfully observe these days of communion with our brothers and sisters “who have gone to their rest, in the hope of rising again.”
(SGD.) REV. FR. JOHN FRANCIS FREDERICK MANLAPIG
(SGD.) REV. FR. CARMELO O. ESTORES